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A big THANK YOU to everyone that helped with the candlelight vigil. Susan Fogleman, Sylvia Martinez, Doug King, Janetta Kriel. And a special thank you to Becky Cureau for the wonderful media coverage the  event received.

 April 2, 6:30 - 7:45 PM. The One Community One School District will have its second meeting in our church sanctuary.

 We Demand Universal Background Checks NOW. Statewide Gun Violence Prevention Event Louisiana repeatedly ranks as one of the worst states for gun violence. This must stop! Join us for a state-wide gun violence prevention round table event featuring Louisiana faith and community leaders. Together we will discuss ways to prevent gun violence and save lives. When: April 3, 2013 at 12 PM. Lunch will be provided! Where: Wesley United Methodist Church, 544 Government St, Baton Rouge, LA 70802. Please join us. For more information please contact Holley Haymaker at hgalland@aol.com.

 There will be a showing of a video of Rev. Jim Atwood, author of America and its Guns; A Theological Expose, April 14, 7 PM and everyone is invited. For more information contact Holley Haymaker at hgalland@aol.com.

 Richard Haymaker, a long time member of our church will receive the prestigious Powell-Reznikoff Humanitarian Award, Thursday, April 25th at the Wesley Foundation at Southern University. The award is given by the Baton Rouge Council on Human Relations for work to eliminate prejudice and discrimination and to foster better human relations. Also receiving the award will be Maxine Crump, Creator of the Dialogue on Race, which several of our church members are taking now. 

 This month’s Shared offering, which is taken on the third Sunday of each month, will go to The Capitol Area Alliance For The Homeless. CAAH members provide Emergency Shelter, Transitional Housing, and Permanent Supportive Housing for chronically homeless individuals, persons with a range of disabilities, and families experiencing homelessness for the first time. In addition to housing, our members offer a range of services that include outreach to the homeless, behavioral health referrals, substance abuse treatment, veterans services, life skills training, job training/placement, youth shelters, and literacy/GED classes.

  •                                                                                                          Bobby Thompson, Social Justice Director
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    • We will host several Native American walkers who are participating in "Mississippi River Walk 2013" at a potluck supper and conversation on Wednesday, April 24, the target date for their arrival in Baton Rouge. The group is walking from the Mississippi River’s beginning in Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico to draw attention to how the Mississippi’s water is becoming polluted, and to pray at stops along the way for the water to stay clean. Other walkers join Native Americans from different tribes at points along the way, and the Ojibwe Elder and leader of the walk invites individuals from our church and others in the Baton Rouge community to join them for part or all of the remainder of their walk. The walk began March 1 and will end in Pilottown, the point considered to be the mouth of the Mississippi River. Members of our church will host the walkers’ over-night stay before they resume their walk the next morning. Look for updates and additional information in Friday and Sunday announcements.
    • Be sure to save the date for the World Premiere of "Waging Peace," the featured work at the the 23rd Annual Sounds of CommUNITY Concert on Sunday, May 5, 2013, 4:00 pm at Broadmoor Baptist Church, 9755 Goodwood Blvd. Commissioned composer Dr. Robert Kyr has woven words from local dialogues on peace into the lyrics of his profound and powerful choral work. Members of our choir will be part of an estimated 100-member interfaith community choir. The March Shared Offering provided a generous contribution in support of the commissioned work and concert.
    • Registration is now open for the 2013 Unitarian Universalist General Assembly, which will convene in Louisville, Kentucky June 19 - 23.  In addition plenary sessions during which the Association's business is conducted, the GA program offers many workshops, lectures, and opportunities for worship and witness with UUs from around the country. To learn more about GA an dworkshop and program offerings, check the UUA website at  www.uua.org then click on  General Assembly on the "Our Association" tab.  A portion of the registration fee is available. If interested, contact rcureau@cox.net
    •                                                                                                                   Becky Cureau, Outreach Director